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No longer a boy's club - welcomes Cllr Byrne

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Social distancing - members of Louth County Council observe social distancing at their annual meeting in St Gerard’s Hall. Photo, Ken Finegan.

Social distancing - members of Louth County Council observe social distancing at their annual meeting in St Gerard’s Hall. Photo, Ken Finegan.

Social distancing - members of Louth County Council observe social distancing at their annual meeting in St Gerard’s Hall. Photo, Ken Finegan.

'It's no longer a boys' club,' proclaimed Cllr Joanna Byrne after she was beaten by Cllr Michelle Hall for the position of leas-cathaoirleach.

Following the election of Cllr Dolores Minogue as chair of the local authority it meant women held the top positions together for the first time.

'Two women at the helm sends out signals to young women, especially those thinking about entering politics,' she added.

Female representation is so vital, remarked Cllr Maria Doyle; while Cllr Marianne Butler recalled she was one of just three women on the council in 2010.

'It's absolutely huge what's been achieved.'

Cllr Emma Coffey added it was a wonderful achievement and great to see women in these posts.

'Hopefully, this will be the norm and not the exception,' said Cllr Edel Corrigan.

'It's great to see such diversity in the chamber.'

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